Were you assigned, for the twentieth year in a row, to bring your famous Sweet Potato Casserole to Thanksgiving dinner? Feeling some resentment? Dreading those God-awful melted marshmallows and how badly they make your teeth hurt? Wishing you could just pretend to be sick and sit at home with a Tuna Melt? Buck Up. Slice Of Feist is gonna give you a lesson on how to be a classy, rebellious revolutionary. Your family must be shown the light. This dish will make your Auntie drop her fork and yell at you. “What. Is. In. This? Gimme Gimme!” In my family hollering is an excellent sign that one has succeeded.
Orange infused Mashed Yams sweetened with Pure Maple Syrup. Light, smooth….and mysterious.
3 largish Yams or Sweet Potatoes or whatever the heck they are
4 Tablespoons Butter
1 Teaspoon Orange Zest
3-4 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 Cup Whole Milk
1/4 Cup Orange Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
Salt To Taste
Peel your potatoes, slice 1/2 inch thickness and quarter. Boil in water until potatoes slide right off a fork after being stabbed. Drain cooked potatoes and pop back in your pot with a lid on top.
In a small pan, melt your butter and add your fresh Orange Zest. Stir around a bit, allowing butter to get frothy and infused. After about 1-2 minutes, add this concoction to your warm potatoes. Add your Maple syrup and ginger. With a hand held mixer, mix potatoes on low for a bit just to break things down. Yams tend not to mash as smoothly as regular boring yukons, so the hand mixer allows us to work some magic. Add your milk and mix until mostly smooth. Now add your Orange Juice and mix until completely smooth. Taste and salt. Make your Auntie Scream!
All pictures were taken by a man who much prefers garlic mashed potatoes, Evan Lentz.